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Bookies trim Dustin Johnson’s USPGA Championship odds after rain-shortened second day

Leigh Copson 11 Aug 2018
Dustin Johnson (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Dustin Johnson was unable to close the gap between himself and leader Gary Woodland on a rain-shortened second day at the USPGA Championship, but that has not stopped the bookmakers from trimming the odds on the world number one winning the final Major tournament of 2018.

A bogey at the par-four second was hardly an ideal start to the round, but Johnson rebounded in emphatic fashion between holes three and five as – for the third time in the tournament – he reeled off a run of three straight birdies, and he then picked up two further shots before the turn as he made his play to end the day atop the leaderboard.

However, his charge stumbled from there as he parred his first five holes after the turn before carding his second bogey of the day at the par-four 15th, and although he signed off with a birdie at the 18th, Johnson found himself back where he was at the start of the day, three shots off the lead.

However, bookmaker bet365 believes the 34-year-old American now has a stronger chance of winning the tournament than he did 24 hours ago and, as a result, Johnson is into 9/2 to win the 2018 USPGA Championship.

Rickie Fowler has also seen his odds shorten, into 5/1, after he shot three birdies and a bogey through 10 holes before play was suspended due to a storm, while Brooks Koepka has come all the way in from 28/1 to 11/2 after he caught fire on day two in St Louis, racking up seven birdies in a flawless 63 that leaves him just two shots behind leader Woodland heading into the weekend.

Woodland was unable to top his first-round 64 when he went back out on the course on Friday, but an eagle at the par-five 17th played a key role in him maintaining top spot on the leaderboard and the bookmakers have responded by trimming his outright odds from 14/1 to 8/1.

Second-placed Kevin Kisner has been slashed from 55/1 to 12/1 after he followed up an opening-round 67 with an excellent 64 on Friday, while Charl Schwartzel and Thomas Pieters have shortened to 33/1 and 25/1 respectively after they surged into contention with rounds of 63 and 66 leaving them seven-under after 36 holes, three shots off the lead.

Tiger Woods is into 25/1 from 66/1 after he picked up three shots through his first six holes before the weather brought a premature end to his round, but Rory McIlroy is heading in the other direction and is now out to 55/1 from 25/1 after he could only par the seven holes he managed to complete on Friday.

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Bookies trim Dustin Johnson’s USPGA Championship odds after rain-shortened second day

Dustin Johnson was unable to close the gap between himself and leader Gary Woodland on a rain-shortened second day at the USPGA Championship, but that has not stopped the bookmakers from trimming his odds.

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